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Ellen Osiier

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameEllen Ottilia•Osiier (Thomsen-)
Used nameEllen•Osiier
Born13 August 1890 in Hjørring (DEN)
Died6 September 1962 in København (Copenhagen) (DEN)
Measurements168 cm
AffiliationsDamernes Fægteklub af 1917, København (DEN)
NOC Denmark


Denmark is not a traditionally strong fencing nation, but when women’s fencing made its Olympic début at the 1924 Olympics, the final pool included three Danish fencers: Ellen Osiier, Grete Heckscher and Yutta Barding. Ellen Osiier won all her final bouts, as she had done in the preliminary rounds, and won the gold medal undefeated, while Heckscher took third place. As of 2010, Osiier’s gold medal remains Denmark’s only Olympic title in the sport. The Olympic gold remained Ellen Osiier’s only title, as World or European Championships for women were not held yet, and the tough competition at home meant she never won a Danish championship either. In 1919, Ellen Osiier had married Ivan Osiier, also an Olympic fencer. He won an Olympic silver medal in 1912, and competed in seven Olympic Games over a span of 40 years (1908-48).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Fencing DEN Ellen Osiier
Foil, Individual, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold

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